Twenty-four years ago today, environmental activist Ken Saro-Wiwa was executed by the Nigerian state. His death brought international attention to the rapacious behavior of oil companies like Shell — and their complicity in the most violent forms of...
A clinical trial conducted during an epidemic in a violent swath of Congo proved that two new drugs can sharply reduce death rates from Ebola, a virus that has crossed oceans to strike victims in the U.S. and Europe.
Cocoa prices are surging as traders grapple with a new method for pricing exports designed to alleviate poverty among farmers in Ivory Coast and Ghana, the world’s largest growers of the chocolate ingredient.
Howard FrenchCocoa prices surge as traders grapple with an attempt to alleviate poverty among farmers in the Ivory Coast and Ghana, the world’s largest growers of the chocolate ingredient wsj.com/articles/west-… via @WSJ
In a new scientific paper, Google researchers claim for the first time to have demonstrated "quantum supremacy," where a quantum computer outperforms a traditional one.
Howard FrenchAchieving in 200 seconds what it would take a traditional supercomputer 10,000 years to calculate. Expectations are for further "double performance increases." Google Claims ‘Quantum Supremacy,’ Marking a Major Milestone in Computing" – Fortune
The timing of a recent wave of xenophobic violence in South Africa seems particularly awful for a country struggling economically and politically. For outsiders looking on at a nation that provided so much hope after the end of apartheid, the riots...
Howard FrenchIn my @WPReview column this week, I wrote about South Africa's troubled and unfulfilled relations with its own continent, about China, and about a world that could have been.
Beijing is eager to exert cultural influence, but only a free society, in open conversation with itself, can create global aspirations.
Howard FrenchFor all its newfound economic and military strength, China doesn’t have a clue about how to challenge the West’s dominance in every realm of popular culture. wsj.com/articles/china… via @WSJ